Civic Thursday Meeting - Professor Jean Pfaelzer: The Forgotten War against Chinese-Americans
As a new professor at Cal. State Humboldt, Jean Pfaelzer wondered why so few Chinese-American students attended that campus. Her surprising research -- published in -- "Driven Out" (U.C. Press 2007) -- reveals how from 1848 to the early 20th century, vigilantes and officials collaborated to ethnically cleanse California of Chinese residents (including from Humboldt County), to deprive them of economic opportunities and to bar their immigration. Professor Pfaelzer, now at the University of Delaware, will share this sobering -- and largely forgotten -- history with us.